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Hard Work Pays Off: Banda MS De Sergio Lizárraga’s Latest Debuts at No. 2 on Regional Mexican Albums

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Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga scores its ninth top 10 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart as El Trabajo Es La Suerte arrives at No. 2 on the Aug. 29 survey.

“We are extremely happy,” Oswaldo Silvas, vocalist of de Banda MS tells Billboard. “Every album represents a new commitment with us and our audience. El Trabajo Es La Suerte is Banda MS’ best album. It includes 18 songs and the selection was a painstaking job.”

El Trabajo Es La Suerte arrives with 4,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Most the album’s opening sum was attributed to streaming activity.

The Regional Mexican Albums chart ranks the most popular regional Mexican albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Of its total 4,000  units, El Trabajo Es La Suerte registered 3,000 SEA units which equates to 4.6 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks in its debut week.

The 18-track effort was released Aug. 14 via Lizos Music and was produced by Sergio Lizárraga Lizárrga. It includes songs by an array of composers: Omar Tarazón, Jhonny Zazueta, Omar Robles, Javier Rochín, Joss Favela, Espinoza Paz, Sergio Lizárraga, Edgar Quiñones and Edén Muñoz.

“All of them have become head composers for Banda MS,” Alan Ramirez, vocalist, adds. “Also, it’s not only a work relationship, but a great friendship with most of them.”

El Trabajo Es La Suerte is the group’s highest charting title since the No. 1 peak Con Todas Las Fuerzas, which reigned Regional Mexican Albums for three weeks in Sept. 2018. In between, the band released Los Más Escuchado, a live greatest hits album that peaked at No. 12 (Nov. 2, 2019-dated tally).

El Trabajo Es La Suerte was preceded by two songs -one of them a top 10- on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart: “Altamente Probable,” written by Tarazón and Muñoz, which peaked at No. 8 on the May 23-dated list, and ¿Quién Pierde Más?, written by Joss Favela, which peaked at No. 21 on the chart dated April 4.

Over on the Top Latin Albums chart, El Trabajo bows at No. 16, the band’s 16th entry on the all-genre chart.

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